Posted: 04/30/14 12:17
by Dave Mindeman
Former Governor Tim Pawlenty is back out there expounding on his political views. He made an appearance on Morning Joe and seemed to be the old Pawlenty - the pre-presidential candidate Pawlenty.
Pawlenty, a Republican, said he supported "rational and comprehensive immigration reform." However, he predicted lawmakers aren't "going to get it done this year."
Now Pawlenty the Presidential candidate would never have said that. He didn't even challenge the Romney "self deportation" disaster. Observers should take note that establishment candidates can't take rational positions in a Republican primary.
Another rational position....
As for the economy, if Republicans wanted to show they embrace middle-class issues, Pawlenty suggested they "support reasonable increases in the minimum wage. If you're going to talk the talk about being for the middle class and the working person, if we have a minimum wage, it should be reasonably adjusted from time to time," he said.
Pawlenty seems oddly logical...but then he doesn't have to please the Tea Party anymore. I think that this is the "real" Pawlenty.
T-Paw is showing us how far to the right that Republican politics have drifted. Pawlenty is out of that fish bowl and is able to say some things that have practical good sense behind them.
When he ran for President, he left the good sense in the closet.